More than 100 strangers gather at funeral of Great Yarmouth RAF veteran after Facebook campaign

Funeral of RAF Veteran John Davieswho died without any surviving family.

Funeral of RAF Veteran John Davieswho died without any surviving family. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A RAF veteran from Great Yarmouth was given a hero's send off at his funeral this morning, following a Facebook campaign.

John Davies whose funeral is being held on December 23rd. Photo: Submitted

John Davies whose funeral is being held on December 23rd. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

John Davies, died at the age of 94, earlier this month, and there were fears that the funeral would be poorly attended as he had no surviving family.

However after a Facebook post was shared more than 700 times, more than 100 people including ex-servicemen and an escort of bikers, gave him a fitting send-off.

Mr Davies served in the Second World War with the RAF, during which, he spent time in North America, Africa and India.

He died earlier this month at St David's care home in Great Yarmouth.

A message about his death and forthcoming funeral was posted on a serviceman's forum earlier this month, where it was spotted by biker Mick Smith.

He re-posted the plea on his own Facebook page on Friday after noticing it was getting little attention.

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Mr Smith, of Newmarket Suffolk, led a group of around 12 bikers for the funeral cortege.

He said: 'You hear about old war veterans who pass away and either they have no family or not many people know them and hardly anyone comes to pay their respect.

'I didn't know Mr Davies personally, but these are the people who fought to protect our country and future's during the Second World War and it would be a real shame if they did not get the proper send off.

'I am really pleased about how many people that have come today and I am glad that our campaigning worked.'